Human Resources Business Partner III - Recruitment & Classification
County of Sonoma, California
 Santa Rosa, CA

Position Information

Bring your talent and passion for human resources and join our collaborative team.

Starting salary up to $99,534/annually

Plus, a cash allowance of approximately $600/month.

The County

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of healthcare premiums paid by County and access to several health plan options
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • 401(a) - 3% of Base Salary County Contribution
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

The Position

Variety: 28 county departments. Over 800 different job classifications from engineers, computer programmers, and nurses to road crews, social workers, and everything in between. Sonoma County's HR Recruitment and Classification unit operates in a fast-paced environment with abundant opportunity to learn and grow in your field. The team is supportive and collaborative, working together to successfully craft recruitment strategies to fill a diverse array of positions.

Creativity: Crafting targeted recruitment plans and developing innovative outreach strategies; flex your creative muscles and inspire candidates to pursue a career at the County.

Collaboration: Working with a high-performing, inclusive, and supportive team of HR professionals that believe great ideas are enhanced when shared. Central HR Recruitment Business Partners are responsible for working with assigned departments' staff to address recruitment and classification needs. Developing strong relationships with your departments and understanding their unique cultures, strengths and needs are crucial to creating and implementing a recruitment plan that will yield top talent.

Key Responsibilities Include: Developing, coordinating, and executing recruitment strategies for a variety of positions; crafting job announcements; creating effective advertising plans to include social media; conducting job analysis and determining the most appropriate examination plan for recruitments; screening applications for appropriate qualifications; assembling diverse panels for application rating as well as serving as a rater on such panels; establishing employment lists; and providing consultation to departments on hiring steps. Additionally, this position advises and collaborates with County managers regarding human resources rules, regulations, and best practices; and may conduct classification studies, to include position reviews, revisions to existing classification specifications (job descriptions), and/or the development of new classifications, requiring the establishment of the appropriate salary range.

What You Bring

Our ideal candidate will be proficient in current human resources practices and procedures and possess:

  • Experience with recruitment advertising and outreach strategies
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of public sector classification and compensation systems
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, negotiation, and communication skills
  • A customer-focused, solution-oriented mindset with the ability to work with a diverse client base
  • The ability to thrive in a fast paced environment, multi-task, and manage competing priorities
  • The ability to anticipate needs, outcomes, and reactions
  • Intellectual curiosity that leads to better processes and outcomes
  • A great sense of humor and an interest in working with a fun, energetic, and collaborative group of HR professionals
  • Experience conducting classification and compensation studies is desireable

About The Department

The Human Resources Department is a team of 60+ employees who provide human resources and risk management services to the County's 28 Departments. These diverse services include: recruitment and examination, classification plan management, EEO, Employee/Labor Relations, Countywide training, employee benefits, safety, and risk management functions. Under the guidance and leadership of the Human Resources Director, the Department's mission is to provide County departments with human resources by recruiting, developing, and retaining an outstanding workforce who are committed to quality public service for the County of Sonoma. The department values customer service, professionalism, consistency, proactive planning and flexibility, and innovative problem-solving.

Note: This recruitment is being conducted to fill a full-time position at the Recruitment Business Partner II, or III level. If you are interested in applying at the II level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitments being conducted.

  • Salary is negotiable within the established salary range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the County of Sonoma Salary Resolution (SalRes). The Civil Service title for this position is Human Resources Analyst III. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Academic course work which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, substantial course work in public administration, business administration, human resources, political science, psychology or closely related courses would provide such opportunity.

Experience: Training and/or experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, at least two years of professional personnel experience, including at least one year at the level of Human Resources Analyst II would provide such opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position is required for most assignments.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable working knowledge of: public human resources administration in one of the following areas of activity; test development and analysis, classification, equal employment opportunity reporting and complaint investigation, ADA guidelines, negotiations and contract administration, supervisory and management training, grievances and discipline; county regulations, ordinances, and procedures relating to public human resources management; PC-based software programs and use of the Internet.

Good working knowledge of: written and oral communications, including language mechanics, syntax and English composition.

Working knowledge of: Merit System principles and practices relating to employee selection and advancement, classification and compensation, equal employment opportunity, and/or employee management relations; the fundamentals of data research compilation and report writing; test development methodology sufficient to develop and analyze selection devices; interview techniques sufficient to obtain information related to employment, complaint investigation, and compensation matters.

Ability to: understand, interpret and apply appropriate provisions of applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, memoranda of understanding and operating procedures; analyze complex classifications, task analysis and job restructuring, and compensation; technically examine problems and to make logical recommendations for their solution; synthesize information sufficient to produce complete, relevant, accurate and logical results; apply analytical skills (i.e., discover, clarify and explain interrelationships of parts; examine and evaluate data with reference to criteria, standards and requirements) sufficient to arrive at and explain logical conclusions; apply problem solving skills (i.e. define issues, identify alternative solutions and related consequences, and make a logical decision) sufficient to reach appropriate solutions, take action, document, and complete work in a timely manner; establish credibility and maintain cooperative work relationships with county management personnel, employees, employee organizations and the public in carrying out human resources activities; manage a variety of simultaneous work projects or a recruitment and examination caseload sufficient to meet established timetables and commitments; set aside personal values related to differences in sex, cultural and ethnic groups in order to impartially conduct recruitment and examinations, training, complaint investigations, grievances, classification studies, and act as a spokesperson in negotiations; perform data collection, interpretation and evaluation pertaining to human resources and employee relations; communicate effectively orally and in writing, and present rational conclusions before advisory and policy making bodies; provide direction to and obtain cooperation of subordinate personnel and technical personnel staff.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state “See Resume“ or “See Application“ may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

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